Morir Soñando, To Die Dreaming,– The name alone should tell you that this drink is heavenly! Imagine drinking a sweet orange custard gently touched by vanilla and alas, there you have Morir Soñando! Morir Soñando is a traditional Dominican drink that you usually have for breakfast or after lunch. It’s a treat that instantly takes you back to your childhood and immediately evokes memories of good times. Mention this drink to any Dominican and they immediately go crazy. Something about it pulls at the heartstrings– and with good reason. This creamy drink is a huge powerhouse alongside Mangu & Chimis. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’m taking a break right after this sentence to make this velvety drink!
Morir Soñando is a simple drink and it’s one with many MANY nuances. Every grandmother and tia has their own tricks and hacks. The problem with this drink is that we’re mixing milk with orange juice, which does have the tendency to curdle. You have to be extremely careful! Nonetheless, even the most seasoned Morir Soñando makers have had this happened to them. All it takes it moving too fast that you forget to stir while you pour or perhaps Mother Nature serves us with a summer day hot enough to make our ingredients temperamental. Whatever the case, don’t be shy about giving this drink a go.
As I mentioned before, this drink varies house to house and it also varies region to region. Some regions make this drink with Lime juice instead of orange juices, while others will add drops of lime juice or drops of orange juice. Some households will sweeten this drink with sweetened condensed milk while others will omit the vanilla entire. Whichever camp you fall in, this drink will still amaze! Now for those of you who haven’t yet tried it, believe me when I say, “Don’t knock it, til you try it!”
Morir Soñando can be tricky! But I’ve made this drink enough times throughout my childhood and now adulthood to have developed my own tried and true tricks! The key is to get everything right so that you avoid your milk from curdling.
Tip #1: Make sure you’re working with cold milk and cold orange juice. Or make sure you’re working with room temperature milk & orange juice. Regardless of what you choose, it’s important that the two be at the same temperature
Tip #2: Sweeten both the orange juice and milk separately. To be honest, I’m not sure if this does anything but it’s a trick that my grandmother taught me so I’ve been doing it my whole life. Even if this doesn’t do much to stop the milk from curdling, I like keeping the tradition going!
Tip #3: When mixing, pour the orange juice into the milk while continuously stirring! Now this I know for a fact to be true. You definitely want to stir while you add the orange juice into the milk otherwise, you’ll end up with a Morir Soñando that’s corta! (Curdled) Another trick is to add the orange juice into the milk and then swirl the drink back and forth between two cups until the sugar from both has dissolved.
Tip #4: Drink it as soon as it’s ready. This isn’t a drink that you leave hanging around. It’s one that you make to order!
Bonus Tip: Use an orange juice that you LOVE and a milk that you love! I personally love using evaporated milk to make my Morir Soñando along with Dominican Vanilla. It tastes like home and brings me back to Saturday afternoons with grandmother.
All in all, Morir Soñando is all about mixing an acid (orange juice) with a base (milk). The two are like oil & vinegar and don’t want to play nice at first. However, if you have patience and you follow the steps, you’ll never know that these friends were once foes!
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- 1 ½ cups Orange Juice
- 1 cup evaporated milk chilled
- 1 tsp Dominican Vanilla *optional
- Sugar to taste
- Sweeten milk and juice separately
- Add vanilla to milk & stir
- Pour orange juice into milk while stirring constantly
- Serve over ice